Nissan has been hard at work developing an electric vehicle with zero-emission. And they’ve finally done it. The lithium-ion battery powered Nissan LEAF doesn’t even have a tail pipe. The medium-sized hatchback, set to launch in the United States in late 2010, emits absolutely no CO2 or other greenhouse gases.
“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality – the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions. It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.”
The Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify for a variety of tax breaks and incentives. Furthermore, the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than traditional cars, which will save you money on repair costs.
The LEAF’s laminated compact lithium-ion batteries generate a power output of over 90kW, while the electric motor delivers 107 horsepower and 208 pounds per foot of torque.
The car’s regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enable it to deliver a driving range of more than 100 miles on one full charge. The Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in 30 minutes with a quick charger, while charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take about eight hours.
Every detail of the car has been considered for the sake of optimum efficiency. Even the headlights are designed a special way, splitting and redirecting airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag. Additionally, the headlights consume only 10 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps.
The Nissan LEAF offers an advanced IT system, providing drivers with support, information and entertainment from a global data center. The system’s monitor also displays the car’s remaining power and shows the location of nearby charging stations.
“The IT system is a critical advantage,” says Tooru ABE, Chief Product Specialist. “We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers. We also wanted this vehicle to help create a zero-emission community, and these IT features will help make that possible.”
Nissan LEAF is the first in the company’s forthcoming line of electronic vehicles and is a major milestone in the realization of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s vision for zero-emission mobility.